New Books, New Covers, New Editions

New Books, New Covers, New Editions

I’ve been sitting on news about my next new novel for MONTHS – and still can’t talk about it, even though it comes out in just a few weeks. I have so much to say, I’ve already constructed a new section of my website devoted to it. I’m...

Four Emperors Tour!

Thanks to the astonishing and marvelous Amy Philips Bruno at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, I'm touring the interwebs promoting the second book in the Colossus series, The Four Emperors, now out in paperback! Reviews, interviews, guest posts, book...

Vatican, Vatican’t – Blessed and Cursed

Given the news of the Pope's retirement, this feels like the perfect time to share this story. You see, I have the dubious distinction of having been both thrown out of the Vatican, and also blessed by the Pope. Though not on the same day. The Vatican Incident (a...

Circular Thinking

One of the reasons I love teaching is that it forces me to distill and confront my knowledge, and refine it into sensible bits. Another reason I love it is because the students are often smarter than I am.  I don't teach much, mostly because I resent the...

Physical Foundations

The new Judean/Roman novel came about in an odd way. Two years ago I signed with a new agent. We started talking about the projects I had on hand. “They sound cool, but they’re not blockbusters. I want something epic. Tell me, is there a place that you’ve always...